WEDC Regional Innovation and Jobs Summit

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On May 26, 2010 the Washington Economic Development Commission, Governor’s Office, Department of Commerce, Washington Economic Development Association and the House and Senate Committees on Economic Development will join with regional partners to convene the Regional Innovation and Jobs Summit in Tacoma WA. The Summit will bring together our state’s rich intellectual capital, business capability and entrepreneurial spirit to answer a critical question, “How do we better collaborate to accelerate innovation and bolster job creation?”

More than 200 regional leaders from business, government, non-profit and education will be participating in the day-long event, which includes panel presentations and break-out discussions designed to foster an interactive forum to share ideas and further the “Innovation Economy Strategy” advocated by the WEDC. The underlying theme of the discussion will be the need for the diverse regions of the state to collaborate better and more often across communities, business sectors, jurisdictional boundaries and academic disciplines. “We need a new pattern of partnerships and methods of problem-solving if we are to succeed in creating jobs and thriving in the hypercompetitive global economy,” says WEDC executive director Egils Milbergs.

From these discussions the Summit will drive implementation of best practices and align regional capabilities and resources to the state’s long term economic development strategy.